The main argument for Smith would probably be that he is a 17-year-old who didn't realize that he would be stuck with his decision. Maybe this could be argued except his mother also looked over the letter of intent and signed for him too.
Smith is probably under a lot of pressure from Louisville. That is fine but he also is under contract with UCF who spent a lot of time recruiting the quarterback.
"Now who is the victim? Because we stopped recruiting quarterbacks when he basically let us know he was involved and wanted to be here, long before National Signing Day," O'Leary said.
Due to UCF receiving the letter of intent, there was no reason to go out and pursue other QBs, especially with a high-caliber recruit like Smith. All the planning and preparation to work him into the lineup has also gone down the drain.
If Smith doesn't get his appeal then he will have to sacrifice a year of eligibility. It's sad that a player will have to sacrifice a year of college playing time but it is also sad that he could not keep up his end of the deal.